From breathtaking beaches and pristine coastline to thousands of motorbikes buzzing through one of the vibrant metropolises, Vietnam is a land of staggering natural and cultural experiences.
Vietnam is a relative newcomer as a dedicated dive destination, however this adds to the element of adventure for those divers exploring this exciting destination.
Pelagic sea creatures do not frequent this area but there is plenty of macro life and cool caverns to explore at Madonna Rock. Maximum depth is typically 25m and is suitable for all levels of divers.
There is plenty of variety here with macro dives among lush soft corals and even exciting drift dives. Northern dive sites boast towering pinnacles and coral teeming with pipe fish, seahorses and nudibranch as well as schooling fish.
Water temperature in Vietnam is typically a balmy 82°F (28°C) and a 3mm wet suit will suffice. Diving can be light and easy year-round or you can challenge yourself with drifts and deep dives for critter hunting.
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Fly into Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh international airports and take local flights to connect to coastal cities like Nha Trang and Hoi An or even islands like Phu Quoc and Con Dao. Local airlines Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines have frequent daily flights from Ho Chi Minh and Jetstar is also active in Vietnam.
Alternatively, take overnight sleeper trains or busses directly into coastal cities from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh and even Da Nang. Boat transfers will be typically arranged by dive operators and resorts to reach islands like Whale Island.
Once in Vietnam, divers are catered for with a dive center and resort infrastructure that has evolved steadily since the mid 1990s, and covers the best spots along Vietnam’s 3500 km coastline.
Nha Trang is the scuba diving hub in Vietnam, about an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Boasting more than 20 dive operators, Nha Trang is a popular place for budding divers looking to get certified in its calm and friendly waters.